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RATINGS: 1340   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Bottle conditioned.
Old Numbskull is AleSmith’s first barley wine offering. You may find the name "Old Numbskull" curious. Barley wine has its origins in England and tradition is to begin the name with "Old": Old Nick, Old Sampson, Old Jock, etc. Tongue-in-cheek is often the spirit in naming a barley wine. After drinking a glass or two, you may agree that Old Numbskull feels like a fitting description. It also reminds us of the Three Stooges, one of the greatest comedy teams of all time, so it’s meant to bring a smile even before the first taste. Exotic fruit aromas, along with clean ethanol, caramel, honey and toasty notes are present in the nose. At five months of age, the Numbskull flavor begins malty and the hops become more evident from the middle to the finish and linger nicely in the aftertaste. The aroma notes also show themselves in the flavor.

1999 - waxed cap
2000 - dated as such. Pictured at left
2002 - Silver foil with electric blue design and NO filling in the anvil spaces
2003 - Silver foil with electric blue design and blue filling in the anvil spaces
2004 - same as 2003 but with "Alesmith" below the logo in white lettering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2005
Bottle. So far both the Old Numbskull and the barrel aged version have been my least favourite Alesmiths, having said that, i’ve enjoyed them both. Gristy sweetish malt characters, with piney American hops, ever so slightly vinous. Malts are a bit caramelly and toasty. Its nice, but US barley wines have never been a favourite with me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2005
Bottle @ London Gatherying, Nov 05. Citrus hops and an almost grainy malt flavour I have found in several US beers. Some alcohol. This would have been pretty good but the grainy malty flavour put me off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Aroma was of fermented apples. Murky copper color body with decent off white head. This one had a medium flaovr to it. Not that numbing alcohol warming effect. Did get some caramel flavor in the finish. Smooth enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
Bottled at the Chris_O Beer, Cheese and Curry powwow. A hazy reddy brown coloured beer with no head to speak of. The aroma is full of malts, hops and alcohol. It really is a lovely smell. The taste is also massively rewarding. Big hop taste, big malts and big alcohol. I can see why this wouldn’t appeal to some people (Steve) but I found this just wonderfully tasty. Big thanks to CaptainCougar for bringing this one over to Kook and to Kook for sharing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (14345) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
Bottle at London Gathering Nov 05. As per usual Silk was completely wrong on this beer (although he was correct with the Cantillon Cognac and the Lyme Bay mead). Maeib and I both enjoyed this. Hazy russet colour with beige head. Big US hop aroma. Lime and grapefruit. Pretty good actually. Nothing too distinguished with it, some good malt, but it ticks all the right boxes. Kept going back to it throughout the evening.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
SilkTork (5319) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2005
Nov, 2005. Kilburn Palace Bottle Fest. Ugly stale hop heavy aroma. No freshness here. Unpleasant sweet, hop soaked flavour. Unable to swallow. Ugly stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2005
Bottle at Chris’ meetup by way of Kook and CaptainCougar (I think?). Cloudy red beer with medium head. Alcoholic, malty and fruity aroma. Flavour is quite typical of the style, sweet malt and fruity, lots of alcohol and not too hoppy. Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2005
This beer is a real treat. It has all of the complex flavors I like. Lots of subtle fruit smells, and a very clean finish. Not as overpowering as what I expected with the strength of the aroma. This is a very complete beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2005
75 cl bottle. Yeast in bottom. Orange unclear colour with a great head. Lovely aroma of caramel, toffee, sugar, alcohol and some nice sweetness. Impressive flavour of wood, caramel and hints of some earth. A fantastic barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (537) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Reddish orange body with a thin fast diminishing off white head. Aroma was of fruits such as apples and rasins, along with some sweet maltly caramel ans sugary goodness. Also got soms alcohol as it warmed. Earthy, woody flavors accomponied the caramel, sugar, apples, and hoppiness. Bitter drawn out finish. Very enjoyable beer.

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